``It's part of a strategy to address global warming," Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. ``The goal . . . is to hold these automobile manufacturers accountable for the monies taxpayers are spending to address these harms." Last month, the California Legislature passed a landmark bill designed to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases from industries. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign it into law this month. Two years ago, the state enacted similar requirements for auto emissions.
You can be assured the Bush administration will fight both of these actions, but California is nonetheless demonstrating quite clearly that the states can take action independent of the federal government. Thank goodness.